Performing Arts Center

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A Performing Arts Center was prioritized as the #1 need in the Facility Needs Assessment by the committee which included parents, staff and the architects staff. This building will include classrooms to accommodate band, choir and dance, freeing class room space and allow expansion of photography/video programs. The committee believes the addition of this much needed building will solve many of the facility problems at CVHS such as the need for student restrooms to meet state minimum requirements and freeing up space in the main building so aged and unhealthy portables can be removed. In addition, the time custodial staff must spend setting up and tearing down events will be spent cleaning the school thus leading to a healthier environment.

Funding for the Performing Arts Center has been identified as local tax funds raised by the taxation of CUSD Mission Viejo taxpayers in the form of Mello Roos taxes.

UPDATE (December 4, 2012)

The new piano purchased for the theatre will be delivered to the stage in August 2013.

VIP opening of the theatre is scheduled for September 21, 2013.

UPDATE (September 2012)

Sadly it seems the contractor building the theatre has gone out of business. This means there will be a delay in the opening of the new Performing Art Center. We had been told there would be an opening in Spring 2013, but it appears the opening may not be until June 2013 (after school is out) so Fall 2013. It is certainly going to be beautiful when it opens. View the original schedule here

UPDATE: June/August 2011

On June 20th the CUSD officially broke ground for the long awaited CVHS Performing Arts Center. Construction commenced in July 2011!

UPDATE (June 8, 2011)

On June 13, 2011 the CUSD Board of Trustee will vote on approval of the CVHS Performing Arts Center. On June 14, 2011 the CVHS community will hopefully celebrate the completion of the Capistrano Valley High School which opened in 1977.

UPDATE (May 10, 2011)

On May 10, 2011 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM CUSD Facilities Director, Randy Rowles will provide an update on the CVHS Performing Arts Center. We encourage all community members to attend and learn more about this exciting new project. Ground breaking is expected August 1st.


· Informational meeting May 10,2011 6:30 PM at CVHS regarding the Theatre and the coming soon CVHS Art Gallery

· CUSD Board Meeting June 13th or June 29th to approve bidding the project

· CUSD Board Meeting July 11th or July 27th to approve theatre bid

· Ground Breaking Ceremony (once a bid is approved) anticipated August 1st

UPDATE(February 8, 2011):

The Board of Trustees approved the revised architect contract. Ground breaking for the theatre is scheduled for August 1, 2011.

UPDATE(January 27, 2011):

The CVHS Performing Arts Center has been delayed for the 4th time. It is anticipated that construction bids will go to the Board for consideration in July, 2011 and construction start is expected to be August, 2011. The delay is due to the construction review, that was outlined in the October 11, 2010 update, determining some of the changes are structural in nature and will require DSA review and approval, thus causing a five(5) week delay.

When the project was first approved by the Board the anticipated completion date was Fall 2011. With the current timeline the theatre will begin construction at the time it was to be completed; a nearly two(2) years delay.

The current Capo Valley HS PAC projected schedule is as follows:

Advertise for Bids – Mid/late April 2011

Receive Bids – Mid June 2011

Board Award Contract – July 2011

Start Construction (21 mos.) – August 2011

Finish Construction – May 2013

CVHS Occupy – June 2013

This schedule could change as conditions require.

UPDATE(December, 2010):

The CVHS Performing Arts Center bidding process has been delayed for the 3rd time. In an effort to avoid disruption to the students learning it has been decided that the construction start should be postponed until school is our in June due to significant staging and preparation work.

UPDATE(October 11, 2010):

The CVHS Performing Arts Center bidding process has been delayed for approximately three (3) months due to omissions in the request for proposal documents that were sent to potential bidders. Due to these omissions the process to request bids has to begin again.

UPDATE (August 2010):

On August 24, 2010 the CUSD Board of Trustees voted to put out to bid construction of the CVHS Performing Arts Centre. Bids are expected presented to the board, for approval, October 26, 2010. Groundbreaking is expected June 2011. Completion of the project is expected May 2012.

In June 2008 the District began exploring a concept for a new performing arts theatre on the campus of CVHS. The need to develop this plan originated from the application and approval of the Career Technical Education (CTE) grant that was awarded in the spring of 2008. The future CTE grant amounts to $3 million and stipulates the detailed program requirements that must be included as part of the theatre design. During the summer of 2008 a committee was formed among District staff and parent volunteers and several meeting were held to finalize the components of the proposed theatre.

In Fall 2008, the Board authorized District staff to move into the design phase of the theatre project by awarding an architectural contract to prepare construction drawings and to represent the District through the completion of construction. Additionally, at that time, the Board authorized an agreement for environmental consultant service to complete the necessary environmental documentation. In 2009, the design of the proposed theatre was finalized which triggered the environmental research and documentation efforts leading to the completion and circulation of the “Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study for the CVHS Performing Arts Facility.” In November and December of 2009, a separate report was prepared and approved by the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), as required by the State.

The completed Mitigated Negative Declaration Resolution No, 0910-52 was adopted by the CUSD trustees at the March 9, 2010 meeting.

The theatre design is 21,850 square feet and includes:

•Theatre with stage, seating, lobby, ticket booth, concession, control room, orchestra area
•Black Box Theatre with performance room, dressing rooms, faculty office
•Production/Recording Lab with faculty office
•Sound and Light Lab with band room, instrument storage, uniform storage, choral room, choir robe storage area, practice rooms, faculty offices and music library
•Stagecraft Area with stage scenery shop, prop storage, state restrooms, and faculty office